Worker who lost leg to get payout

Worker who lost leg to get payout
Negligence suit by Lu Bobo against his employer Hg Metal Manufacturing, for an industrial accident.

SINGAPORE- A teenage warehouse worker had been in his job for less than two months when a 1.6-tonne beam fell on him as he operated a crane.

Mr Lu Bobo, now 21, needed surgery on both legs. His right leg was amputated above the knee and replaced with a prosthetic one, leaving him with walking difficulties.

Yesterday, two companies agreed to bear 90 per cent of the liability for the 2011 accident. They are Mr Lu's former employer HG Metal Manufacturing and Asia Metal Engineering & Trading, which occupied the space in the Boon Lay warehouse where the accident took place and which had last used the crane. Mr Lu had sued both for damages.

The exact amount due to him, for items including future transport and medical expenses and loss of earnings, is to be assessed. But court documents estimated that Mr Lu will lose $162,000 in future income.

Speaking to reporters after the parties agreed to settle the matter outside of court, he said in Mandarin: "I'll look for a job when I return. I don't know what exactly to do yet, but will discuss this with my family."

Mr Lu was 19 when he joined HG Metal in April 2011, following the completion of his pre-university studies and a short stint at a factory near his home in Shaanxi province. His job, which paid a basic $650 a month, included lifting and carrying heavy items at the firm's factory and warehouses, as well as rigging goods to the various cranes there.

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